Radioecology programme

Lectures (ca 48 hours)

  • Introduction: Speciation of radionuclides in the environment, radioecological aspects
  • Radiochemistry, nuclear chemistry, radioanalytical techniques, tracer and dating techniques
  • Nuclear fuel cycle; Past, present and future sources of radionuclides in the environment
  • TENORM, gamma and Rn dose assessment
  • NORM/TENORM with examples from Norway
  • The Chernobyl and Fukushima accidents
  • Radioactive particles
  • Assessing impacts of ionizing radiation to non-human biota
  • Biological effects of ionizing radiation to non-human biota (mechanisms, biomarkers)
  • Terrestrial radioecology/Countermeasures
  • Radionuclides in the aquatic environment
  • Modelling in radioecology
  • Preparedness, Environmental security
  • Summary

Laboratory exercises and demonstrations (ca 26 hours)

  • Introduction to laboratory exercises
  • Mesocosm experiments  - Cf, Kd, kinetics (Fresh water, shrimps, snails, plants, 70 hours exposure)
  • Sequential extractions
  • Size/charge fractionation
  • Digital autoradiography of  contaminated sediments and organisms
  • Lab. Demo: Use of micro-XRF and electron microscopy with x-ray microanalysis for particle identification and characterization
  • Other exercises (ca 4 hours)

Case study (ca 4 hours): Preparedness and countermeasures

Obligatory deliverables (10 ECTS Course)

  • Extensive laboratory report (ca 20 pages)
  • Term paper (ca 15 pages)

Obligatory deliverables (5 ECTS Course)

  • Laboratory report (ca 10 pages)
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